How to extract pine essential oil 2

How to extract pine essential oil

It may seem like a daunting task, but exporting pine essential oil is actually quite a simple process. Even better, when you make your own essential oils, you not only save money by eliminating the need to buy expensive alternatives, but you also make sure that the oil is fresh and high quality. Once made, pine essential oil can be used in soaps, lotions, candles and more.

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credit: Comstock / Comstock / Getty Images Make your own essential oil at home.

Step 1

Gather fresh pine needles from the pine of your choice. Do not use old pine needles that have already fallen to the ground as they tend to deform and destroy the essential oil.

Step 2

Clean the pine needles with warm water and a mild detergent soap to remove any dirt that may be on the surface. To clean your needles, fill a container or sink with warm, acidic water. Place the needles in the sink and wipe gently to remove dirt. Drain the water and rinse the needles with clean water.

Step 3

Place the pine needles in a layer of paper towels to dry. Dip the needles to remove all moisture from the surface.

Step 4

Put the pine needles in a mortar and pestle and gently squeeze the leaves. If you use a small pestle, spray the needles in small quantities.

Step 5

Put sweet almond oil in a large glass. Add all the pine needles to the jar. Close the bead firmly and shake gently to brush the pine needles with sweet almond oil.

Step 6

Store the glass outside direct sunlight in a warm room at a temperature of at least 75 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 7

Shake the glass at least once a day for at least one week. After one week, store the jar in a dark place and leave the pine essential oils aged for 10 to 14 days. Do not shake the glass during this time.

Step 8

Remove from the dark spot, shake the oil through a gauze or cotton gauze. Press the gauze together to remove as much of the pine essential oil as possible.

Step 9

Store homemade essential oil in a dark bottle with airtight lid to keep it as fresh as possible and avoid the risk of contamination.